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Welcome..................................4 Festival History.......................5 Schedule of Events...................6 Berry Dairy Run......................7 Grand Parade..........................8


Festival Map............................9 Car Show...........................10-11 Festival in the Park..................12 Salmon BBQ...........................13 Strawberry Shortcake.............14


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lease join us June 14-17 as we celebrate Burlington’s agricultural and dairy industries during the 75th annual Berry Dairy Days Festival. We want to thank United General Hospital for presenting the festival. Each year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Burlington, is proud to welcome the community to this fantastic event. Berry Dairy Days began 75 years ago when the Burlington Fire Department started a festival to honor the agricultural and dairy industries of Skagit Valley. As the years have gone by, more activities and events have been added, while organizers have been careful to

preserve the favorite events of years past. This year will be no exception! Family-friendly, fun events will keep you and your family entertained throughout this four-day festival. Strawberry shortcake will be available in many locations around town, including Fairhaven Avenue in front of the Canton restaurant and at the Festival in the Park at Maiben Park. In addition, shortcake can be found at the fireworks show on Friday night (June 14) at Skagit River Park and the Skagit Speedway schedule of events included in this Dirt Cup. We are grateful for the year’s program; you’re sure to find an generous donation of time from the Burlington-Edison High School event for everyone! cheerleaders, who will once again Linda Fergusson, President/CEO, serve this great shortcake. Burlington Chamber of Commerce Be sure to check out the extensive

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t started in 1937 with a giant strawberry shortcake. When volunteer firefighters needed some money for new equipment, they started the Strawberry Festival. They figured the “world’s largest shortcake” propped up on sawhorses in the middle of Fairhaven Avenue would draw the community in. It was baked by the Skagit Bakery and topped with fresh strawberries and Darigold whipped cream. In addition to feeding 5,000 people for free, the week-long festival featured a parade, a carnival and a gambling hall at the fire house, now the Eagles building. The giant shortcake is now replaced with single servings and the gambling hall no longer exists, but in its 75th year, Burlington’s oldest tradition lives on in Berry Dairy Days. As the crowds and fire calls grew, the firefighters turned the event over to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce in 1965. The name was later changed to Berry Dairy Days to recognize the dairy farmers as well as the berry farmers in the area. Local berry production in the area is past its peak, which stretched from the 1950s to 1970s, having taken a hit from berry farming

in California. Local dairies have fallen by the wayside as well. However, Berry Dairy Days endures as a celebration of Burlington’s farming heritage. Today, festivalgoers can enjoy a classic car show, Kiwanis salmon barbecue and live music. Proceeds from the strawberry shortcake go to the Chamber of Commerce and the BurlingtonEdison High School cheerleaders.


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Schedule of events

June 14-17 Cascade Amusement Carnival, Cascade Mall parking lot Friday, June 15 5-9 p.m. Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue and live music at Skagit River Park at dusk City of Burlington Fireworks Show at Skagit River Park Saturday, June 16 1-4 p.m. (Cont.) 7 a.m. Road Run, visit Burlington celebrating its 110th birthday, behind Bank of America for more details on Fairhaven Avenue 11 a.m. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fred Meyer Grand Parade on Festival In the Park at Maiben Fairhaven Avenue Park: entertainment, art show, Haggen Free Kids Zone, Peoples 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bank kids activity area; Skagit Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue at Farmers Petting Farm, Skagit Ford Maiben Park Subaru pony rides; food, craft and commercial vendors 1 p.m. Parade announcements at Sunday, June 17 Maiben Park 1-4 p.m. Tractor and Antique Farm Equipment Show

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he coordinators of Berry Dairy Days aren’t about to tamper with a classic formula. This year’s runs are going to offer the same kind of courses that draw upward of 500 runners from Skagit County and beyond every year, whether the runners are novices or seasoned veterans. “There are no real changes this year. Everything has a nice, flat, fast course,” co-coordinator Kevin Ryan said. This year’s races will be held Saturday, June 16, and will include a certified half-marathon (8:30 a.m. start), a 2-mile fun run (9 a.m. start) and a certified 10-kilometer run (9 a.m. start). Ryan said the half-marathon is an especially scenic route. “The half-marathon is flat, and what’s unique is that it runs across the Skagit dike, which is not often open. It’s very scenic, very flat,” he said. The race will begin at 504 East Fairhaven at the corner of Oak Street and Fairhaven. Runners are reminded not to park on Fairhaven or they will be blocked in by the parade, which follows that route. Runners may pre-register at or in person at Skagit Running in Mount Vernon or Fairhaven Runners or Klicks Running in Bellingham. Registration forms may also be printed out at www.berrydairyruns. com and sent in.

RACE Fees: • For the half-marathon: pre-registration $30, day of race registration $35. • For the 10K: pre-registration $15, day of race registration $20. • For the 2-mile: pre-registration $10, day of race registration $14. • T-shirts will be sold for $15.

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utting on a parade as part of a city’s community festival can be a tricky proposition, particularly in Washington state. Even in early summer months, the weather can be unpredictable and potentially volatile. Participants and spectators alike can end up at the mercy of the elements: rain, wind, following horses in the parade running order ... But when the weather cooperates, floats have been built, musical entries are tuned up and cars and trucks are gassed up, the result can be magical. The 2012 Berry Dairy Days Fred Meyer Grand Parade will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, June 16, on Fairhaven Avenue in downtown Burlington. Post-race awards and announcements are scheduled for 1 p.m. at Maiben Park. The parade usually features about 80 entries, but entrants are encouraged to sign up early and

avoid the rush in the final days leading up to the four-day festival, which runs June 14-17. The viewing audience can number in the thousands, particularly if conditions are ideal. Expect to see marching bands, drill and dance teams, 4-H clubs, and representatives from numerous local businesses,

organizations and civic groups. For more information about the parade, call the Burlington Chamber of Commerce at 360-757-0994. To download an application to participate in the parade, visit events/berry-dairy-days/.

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1 Canton parking lot / 423 E. Fairhaven Ave. Strawberry shortcake (all four days) 2 Skagit River Park / 1100 S. Skagit St. Salmon barbecue, vendors, fireworks, live music (all on Friday) Strawberry shortcake (Saturday) 3 Oak St. & Fairhaven Ave. Berry Dairy Days Run (Saturday) 4 Fairhaven Ave. (starts at N. Anacortes St.) Grand Parade (Saturday) 5 Fairhaven Ave. (between Walnut & Alder) Berry Cool Car Show (Sunday) 6 Skagit Speedway/ 4796 Old Highway 99 North Road Strawberry shortcake (Thursday-Saturday) 7 Maiben Park, 1011 E. Greenleaf Ave. Salmon barbecue, parade announcements Lindgren Festival in the Park (All on Saturday)


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Berry Cool Car Show


hether it’s the alluring gleam of a candy apple red paint job, the deep, assertive grunt of a built V-8, or simply the smile on a proud owner’s face that brings throngs of onlookers to downtown Burlington,

the Berry Cool Car Show is a major attraction during Berry Dairy Days. The event will mark its 11th year this Father’s Day, June 17, when more than 200 classics, muscle cars and hot rods are

expected to line up on Fairhaven Avenue. It’s the perfect excuse to get dad off the couch on his special day, the perfect meeting ground for car lovers of all kinds, and to top it off, like whipped cream on a strawberry shortcake — or a chrome supercharger air intake — it’s for a good cause. While free for the public, the North Cascades Street Rod Association (NCSRA), which organized the show this year, will donate around $3,000 in entry fees and local sponsor contributions to scholarship funds at Skagit Community College’s Auto Technology Program. “The money we make, we’re trying to put back into the interest

of cars,” said Steve Doran, a 74-year-old club member who still wrenches on his 1931 Nash hot rod. The first gathering of cool old cars during Berry Dairy Days was not a static event, but featured around 30 classics driving in the Grand Parade. Since then the Berry Cool Car Show has become its own entity, organized by the Skagit Old Car Club originally, while the torch eventually passed to the NCSRA. Boyd Veer, president of the NCSRA, said that while Skagit Valley is home to an unusually high number of classic cars, clubs and individuals come to the event from British Columbia, Camano


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custom hot rods, offers something for everybody. “At noon you can barely walk down the street, depending on the weather,” said Doran, recalling past shows. “And people really don’t have a problem coming out and walking in the rain to look at cars. Especially when the admission’s free.” Veer said that the businesses in downtown Burlington are huge supporters of the show as Island, Arlington and beyond. “It’s well. a big social event for the whole “It really brings people car culture,” Veer said. downtown,” Veer said. “People But classic car owners won’t don’t realize how good the cafes be the only attendees, as are and how much shopping you the nostalgic draw of classic can do down here. I didn’t get automobiles, from period-perfect one ‘no’ when I was looking for antique trucks to outrageous sponsorship.”


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Festival in the Park


he Berry Dairy Days Festival downtown Burlington that heads in the Park has become yet east and ends at the park. another favorite draw for As usual, visitors can enjoy the families looking for kid-friendly fun during the four-day event. The festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in Maiben Park, provides plenty for the whole family. Parents can check out the dozens of craft and commercial vendors selling everything from jewelry to art, the musical entertainment on the main stage and about seven different food booths. Then the kids can enjoy the petting farm, pony rides and plenty of games. Kelly Eagleburger, office director at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, said the fun really kicks off Saturday after the Berry Dairy Days Grand Parade through

delicious Kiwanis salmon barbecue and strawberry shortcake — both staples of the event.

Schedule: What: Berry Dairy Days Festival in the Park When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 Where: Maiben Park, 1011 E. Greenleaf Ave., between Skagit and Regent streets Features: About seven different food vendors, between 40 and 60 craft and commercial vendors, the Kiwanis salmon barbecue, strawberry shortcake booth, petting farm, pony rides, kids’ activities, musical entertainment and more. For more information: Contact the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, 360-757-0994

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he Burlington Kiwanis Club has been throwing slabs of salmon on the barbecue for years as part of the Berry Dairy Days festival. The tradition continues as the 63rd Fred Stump Memorial Barbecue runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 15 at Skagit River Park. The barbecue continues June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maiben Park. While the decades have passed, the menu has remained relatively unchanged, boasting char-broiled salmon, baked potato, coleslaw, bread, dessert and a beverage. The barbecue is the club’s





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Salmon BBQ

top fundraiser and began in 1949 as a way to raise money for the construction of a community center. The clubs installed a new pit in 2010, so it should be nicely seasoned for this year’s fillets.

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heerleaders will again this year serve up the Berry Dairy Days’ signature dish: strawberry shortcake. The squad, from BurlingtonEdison High School, has done the task for many years as a way to raise money for cheer clinics and their custom-made uniforms, said Colleen Bombatch, B-E cheer’s booster club president. This is the 75th anniversary of the summer festival. Cakes will be sold at various locations throughout Burlington for just $3 each. “They go to cheer camps to learn leadership and stunting,” Bombatch said. Working in the booths, she said, teaches the cheerleaders about community service. Behind the scenes, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce will take over procuring the berries, cakes and whipped cream so the cheerleaders can do what they do best: push shortcakes. Kelly Eagleburger, office director of the chamber,

said they expect to sell about 2,500 cakes this year, about the same as last year. The chamber plans to buy about 40 four-gallon buckets of strawberries from the local Sakuma Brothers farm. Cheerleaders will receive 20 percent of the proceeds after expenses are taken into account, Eagleburger said.

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Berry Dairy Days 2012  

Describes events and history of Burlington's 75th Annual weel-long Berry Dairy Days Festival.